NVYO November 11, 2019 & December 2 Concert Program

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We are America MONDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2019 7 PM Empire Arts Center | 415 Demers Ave | Grand Forks

Concert #2: Crescendo Chamber Music MONDAY DECEMBER 2, 2019Â 7 PM Grand Forks Public [Library] | 2110 Library Circle

Program Notes Edvard Grieg: March of the Dwarfs (Lyric Suite, Op.54, No.4) -

William Grant Still : Afro-American Symphony, Longing. The Afro-American Symphony of William Grant Still was the first work by a person of color to be premiered by an American symphony when the Rochester Philharmonic performed it in 1931. As a young man, Still (the “Dean of African-American

Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg used the folk

composers”) mastered many instruments. He then went on to

music of his own country as inspiration for many of his

study at the Oberlin Conservatory. Still paused his musical studies

compositions. March of the Dwarfs is an orchestral

at Oberlin during World War I to join the Navy. At that time the

arrangement of one of the 66 pieces from his Lyric

only job available to African-Americans in the Navy was mess

Suite for piano and "ranges from a whisper all the

attendant. Despite this, he and many other African-Americans

way up to a thunderous marching chorus of multitudes

chose to fight for liberty overseas, although they did not have full

of marching dwarves, contrasted by a peaceful, idyllic

freedom at home. During his tour of duty, he was relieved of some

and folksong-like middle section. This well-known

of his mess responsibilities to perform for officers' meals after it

and descriptive composition was written after the

was discovered that he could play the violin. Post-war, in a

composer's trip to the Jotunheimen mountains in

musical culture that was deeply racist, Still found work as a

Norway, and is meant to portray mystical troll-like

performer and arranger for W.C. Handy and Paul Whiteman, and

nocturnal creatures swarming about "with much

even played oboe in the pit orchestra for Eubie Blake’s Broadway

boisterous activity."

hit Shuffle Along. Still masterfully blended the classical and the

Douglas E. Wagner: To Reap the Blessings of Freedom; Hymns of the United States Armed Forces

popular throughout his works; in the Afro-American Symphony in particular he sought to represent the emotional lives of the people of his childhood in Mississippi and Arkansas through the language

This reverent medley presents the hymns of the major

of the blues, syncopated rhythms, and spirituals. To that effect, the

branches of the United States Armed Forces. In order

four traditional movements are entitled Longing, Sorrow, Humor,

of appearance it includes Eternal Father, Strong to

and Aspiration. "Longing" (performed this evening) opens

Save/Eternal Father, Lord of Hosts (Navy/Coast

evocatively with a plaintive English horn solo, and then introduces

Guard), Lord, Guard and Guide the Men Who Fly (Air

its primary blues theme in the muted trumpet, a theme that

Force), From the Halls of Montezuma (Marines), and

echoes Handy’s St. Louis Blues. Winds and brass engage in call

God of Our Fathers (Army) Douglas E. Wagner, a

and response, and the blues theme is contrasted with a secondary

native of Chicago, Illinois, is an internationally

theme in G major introduced by the oboe. The development

recognized composer and arranger, with 30 years of

brings in the sound and vitality of the dance hall, and the

experience as a high school music educator and

contrasting themes are revisited in the recapitulation (return of the


original theme).

Alan Menken: Music from Aladdin - Imagine yourself on a magical journey astride your magic

John Philip Sousa : Stars and Stripes Forever

carpet with this medley of tunes from one of Disney's

The rise of American popular music following the Civil War found

most popular animated films. This arrangement

its way to the masses through evolving orchestral music, ragtime,

features each section of the orchestra in a medley of

and the wonderfully exciting music written for and performed by

favorites: "Arabian Nights", "Friend Like Me", "Prince

the concert band. Sousa capitalized on this and, after composing

Ali", and "A Whole New World". One of America's most

136 marches, was deemed the “March King.” Like Haydn and his

beloved Broadway composers, Alan Menken has won

symphonies, with Sousa's marches the audience came to expect a

8 Academy Awards, 11 Grammy Awards, a Tony

certain form and were never disappointed. The unmistakable four

Award and many other honors.

measure introduction of his Stars and Stripes was an expected

Johann Hanssen : Valdres March

sound wherever Sousa toured. The first and second strains (musical themes) present clearly defined melodies in the upper

Hanssen, a Norwegian bandmaster, composer, and

winds and strings, with the rhythmic “oompah” running in the lower

teacher, was bandmaster of the Oslo Military Band

winds and strings. The contrasting Trio section is much softer with

for 9 years. His most famous composition is his

the lower winds taking over the melody. The raucous “dog fight”

Valdresmarsjen (1904), a march celebrating the

section immediately follows, making way for another variation of

beautiful Valdres region in Norway that lies between

the trio, featuring the flute’s smaller counterpart: the piccolo. The

Oslo and Bergen. The main theme is the signature

final melody from the trio is accompanied by a victorious brass

fanfare for the Valdres Battalion, which is based on

section, all marked fortissimo (very loud).

an ancient melody formerly played on the medieval

Sousa’s primary instrument was violin but as a child he taught

lur, an uncoiled wooden wind instrument. The melody

himself to play many other instruments. When he was 13, his father

of the trio section derives from a fiddle tune

first enlisted him in the Marine Corps as an apprentice musician.

traditional in Hardanger and a pentatonic folk tune,

He eventually became the leader of the Marine Band in

above a typical Norwegian drone bass line. Hanssen

Washington, D.C. After a successful civilian music career, Sousa

was a horn player in the Norwegian band that first

was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve in 1917, as

performed it in 1904 at an outdoor concert, with the

the US entered World War I. He was 62 years old. During the war,

composer playing the baritone horn himself.

he led the Navy Band at the Great Lakes Naval Station near

Apparently at that first performance, only two

Chicago, and donated all his naval salary except a token $1 per

members of the audience applauded, and they were

month to the Sailors' and Marines' Relief Fund. On the day of his

his best friends. Later this distinctive classic march,

death, Sousa conducted The Stars and Stripes during a rehearsal

long a favorite of band directors, achieved

with the Ringgold Band of Reading, PA. One of his most

international fame, and has been recorded by several

significant contributions to American wind band music, The Stars

of the United States Armed Forces Bands.

and Stripes Forever was designated the national march in 1987.

Program 11.11.19 • Empire Arts Center

please silence cell phones

pre-concert music by Crescendo students (see page 6)


Kara Hartten, conductor

March of the Dwarfs

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

from Lyric Suite, Op.54, No.4

arr. Michael Story

To Reap the Blessings of Freedom

arr. Douglas E. Wagner

Eternal Father • Lord, Guard and Guide the Men Who Fly • From the Halls of Montezuma • God of Our Fathers

Music from Aladdin

Alan Menken (born 1932)

Arabian Nights • Friend Like Me • Prince Ali • Whole New World


arr. Johnnie Vinson

Dr. Kevin Sütterlin & Dr. Cody Hunter, Conductors

Valdres March (1904)

Johann Hanssen (1874-1967)

Afro-American Symphony (1936)

William Grant Still (1895-1978)

I: Longing - Moderato Assai rental made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation

Stars and Stripes Forever (1896)

John Phillip Sousa (1854-1932) arr. Merle J. Isaac

Following this evening's performance please join us for a reception in the lobby. NVYO members (parents of present participants, staff, board) are invited to a brief annual meeting in the auditorium before adjourning to the reception.

coaches and mentors this fall Tamara Auer, Dr. Simona Barbu, Shari Boschee, Leah Brooks, Dr. Lisa Bost-Sandberg Sarah Harlow, Jeremiah Johnson, Mark Nelson, Dr. Brian Pfeifer, Marcelo Rebuffi, Matthew Wellert

special thanks to GF Central HS Music Department • Empire Arts Center • Chester Fritz Auditorium • Michele Lucia Ingle • MacKenzie Teepen • The Concordia Orchestra • Robin Riveland • Hugos Family Marketplace • Paradiso • Convention & Visitors Bureau • the school & private instructors of these wonderful young people • and the many supporters, donors, and grantors listed in this program.



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Philharmonic Kara Hartten, conductor

Violin Elias David-Schill, GF - Central Betty Fang, GF - Valley Rock Fang, GF - Valley Kathryn Gonsorowski, GF - Century Hannah Holte, GF - Red RIver Katelyn Hur, GF - Discovery Charlotte Kapinos, GF - South Rhilynn Leroux-Peters, GF - Sacred Heart Alexis Massey, GF - South Kai Pasch, GF - South Gretta Pratt, GF - homeschool Jayla Sharp, GF - South Abby Quick, Plummer /Thief River Falls Briley Zhang, GF - Valley

Viola Olivia Banzhof, Thompson Elizabeth Flagg, GF - South Gillian Hoffman, GF - Central Conner Leao, GF - Red River

Cello Andrew Folson, GF - Central Emerson Byron, GF - Schroeder Sheigh Panos, GF - South Garrett Peterson, GF - Schroeder

Bass Libby Yates, GF AFB - Twining

Flute Emma Dockter, Mayville Lauren Tran, GF - Central Nivanthi Wijetunga, GF -South

Clarinet Morgan Uhlir, GF - South

Bassoon Cayden Jacobson, GF - Central

Trumpet Eli Zerr, GF - South

Horn Claire Schill, GF -South Lucy Welsh, GF - Central

Trombone Elias David-Schill, GF - Central

Tuba Spearit Washington, GF - Central

Percussion Norah Goulet, Thompson Nylah Goulet, Thompson Andres Moreno*, GF - Central

* NVYO Symphony member

Symphony Violin

Dr. Kevin Sütterlin & Dr. Cody Hunter, conductors

Grant Anderson, GF - Red River Rachel Blawat, Thief River Falls Ainsley Boucher, Crookston HS Oliver Dalmi, GF - Central Dennis Du, GF - Central Avery Gooden, GF - Red River Lily Helm, Thief River Falls, MN Sadie Hillman, GF - Central Sarah Hong, GF - Red River Trevor Masa, GF - Red River Neecon Mardani, GF - Central Megan Schill, GF - Central Carter Schmisek, GF - Central Elise Stevens, GF - Red River Isabelle Straus - Fertile, MN


Cassie Fincher, GF - Central Sophia Frank, GF - Central Matthew Moe, GF - Red River


Carter Byron, GF - Red River Lauren Hillman, GF - Central Cayden Jacobson, GF - Central Aiden Krogh, GF - Red River Claire Lapp, GF - Red River Caleb Mendez, Crookston Grace Nelson, GF - Central Sarah Sayles, GF - Red River


Daniel Hettich, GF - Central Annie Powell, GF - Central


Jack Bulman, Concordia/NVYO alum


Madeline Fortman, GF - Central Dustin Ringuette, EGF - Sacred Heart Emma Rudow, GF - Central

Oboe/English Horn

Maisy Skalicky, East Grand Forks HS Claire Mellema, UND CMP


Alexia Threatt, Crookston Sarah Harlow, guest

Bass Clarinet

Seneca Vetter, UND CMP


Dr. Cody Hunter, guest


Dan Musselman, GF - Red River Mark Nelson, guest


Alex Berglund, GF - Red River Kolby Gourneau, GF - Central Christopher McGill, UND -guest


Gabe Almlie, East Grand Forks HS Jacob Loer, East Grand Forks HS Nate Thompson, East Grand Forks HS


Cami Antonenko, GF - Schroeder Maisy Lindseth, GF - Central Andres Moreno, GF - Central

CMP: College Mentor-Performer

CRESCENDO PROGRAM 12.2.19 • Grand Forks Public [Library]

selections will include the following: Divertimento K439b

Wolfgang A. Mozart ( 1756-1791)

V: Rondo

Gabe Sagini, violin Matthew Moe, viola Cayden Jacobson, cello Tamara Auer/Matthew Wellert, coaches

Quartet Op 18 No 4 in c minor

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)

III: Scherzo

Rachel Blawat, violin Cami Antonenko, violin Sophia Frank, viola Sarah Sayles, cello Tamara Auer/Matthew Wellert, coaches

Trio Op 9 No 1 in G Major

L. Van Beethoven

I: Adagio-Allegro con brio

Grant Anderson, violin Cassie Fincher, viola Aiden Krogh, cello Naomi Welsh, coach

Crescendo rehearsal sites Tufte Manor • Grand Forks Public Library • Empire • Arioso other performances: November 10 Empire Arts Center 100th anniversary November 11 NVYO concert

Artistic Staff Dr. Kevin F. E. Sütterlin, Artistic Director & Symphony conductor Dr. Kevin F.E. Sütterlin is an internationally sought-after conductor and pedagogue. A dedicated 21st century musician, Sütterlin is passionate about exploring new, nontraditional forms of musical experience. As Artistic Director of the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras, Sütterlin loves working with the young and talented musicians of the Northern Valley. Sütterlin is Director of Orchestral Activities and Opera and Assistant Professor of Instrumental Conducting at Concordia College, where he and his colleagues received the EMMY award for 2016’s nationally broadcast Concordia Christmas Concert productions. He is Music Director and Conductor of The Concordia Orchestra and Concordia Opera. He most recently won the prestigious American Prize 2018-19 with his Concordia Orchestra. Sütterlin further is an awardee of the Hirschmann Foundation scholarship of Switzerland, the Hendrickson Fine Arts Grant, the University of Memphis International Research scholarship, and the University of Memphis Creative Achievement Award. Sütterlin is Music Director and Conductor of the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, one of Wisconsin’s finest professional symphonies. He further holds The Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Endowed Orchestra Chair as Director of Orchestral Activities and Conducting Studies of the Lutheran Summer Music Festival and Academy. Sütterlin is Artistic Director of the Sinfonietta Academy for Historically Informed Performance Practice, and founding Co-Music Director of Sinfonietta Memphis, an ensemble that provides free concerts and educational experiences for Memphis’s most diverse communities. Perhaps the only ensemble in the US with a co-music directorship model, Sinfonietta Memphis’s conductors Mathias Elmer and Kevin Sütterlin proudly represent the orchestra’s credo: friendship through music. Considering himself a "citizen of the world," Sütterlin has been building musical bridges across four different continents, and has led his ensembles on many successful national and international tours. He has performed and taught across the globe including Austria, China, Germany, Greece, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United States. Institutions he has taught at include the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Sichuan Conservatory, The University of Hawaii, Lucerne Conservatory Switzerland, and The University of Memphis. This upcoming season, Sütterlin will guest conduct in China, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Texas, Alabama, Connecticut, as well as a much anticipated production of Hänsel & Gretel in Fargo with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera.

Ms. Kara Hartten, Philharmonic conductor Kara Hartten began her musical studies at the age of five in her hometown of Redding, Connecticut. She earned both a Bachelor of Music Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in French from DePauw University, followed by a Master of Music in cello performance and instrumental conducting from the University of North Dakota. Ms. Hartten is presently an orchestra teacher in the Grand Forks Public Schools and performs with the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra as well as the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra. She founded a string ensemble she currently directs, the UND Community Orchestra, and is a past conductor for NVYO’s Allegro Orchestra; she has additionally coached NVYO Crescendo chamber music and cello sectionals. As a cellist, Kara has performed with the UND Student String Quartet and UND’s Red River Trio, a student ensemble that toured in May of 2014 in Tokyo, Japan and Shanghai, China. Kara has studied with Drs. Simona Barbu, Darilyn Manring, Yeon-Ji Yun, and Eric Edberg, as well as performed in master classes with renowned cellists such as Amit Peled, Matt Haimovitz, Nicholas Photinos, Emilio Colon and Laszlo Varga. In 2009, she performed with the DePauw Chamber Orchestra during a tour of Austria and Germany. She also performed the Lalo cello concerto with the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra in 2007 as the winner of its concerto competition. In 2011, she played Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major with internationally known cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Artistic Staff, continued Dr. Cody Hunter, Symphony assistant conductor Dr. Cody Hunter is Assistant Professor of Music and Head of Fine Arts at Mayville State University, where he directs the performance ensembles. Prior to his appointment at MSU, Dr. Hunter was the band program director for East Hardy Schools in Baker, WV. As a bassoonist, Dr. Hunter has performed

with notable ensembles such as the Eroica Ensemble of Memphis, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, and the Arkansas Symphony. Most recently, Dr. Hunter has performed with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and Bemidji Symphony. Dr. Hunter received his D.M.A. from the University of Memphis, his M.M. from the University of MN-Twin Cities, and his B. Mus. Ed. from the University of WI-Stevens Point.

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JuLY 2018 - June 2019 (Fiscal year donations)

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up to $99, cont.

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$5000 +

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Myra Foundation

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Wendy Wendt

ND Council on the Arts

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Bill & Gail Schmisek

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Larissa Hood & David Krogh

Spicy Pie Pizza*

Community Foundation

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Sterling Carpet One*

Richard & Nancy Foss

Yong Hou & Jin Zhang

Dr. Kevin Sütterlin

$2500-$4999 $1000-$2499 All Seasons*

Madelyn Camrud Ann & Barry Folson Facebook fundraisers GF Convention & Visitors Bureau

Suzanne & David Antonenko

Kanishka & Madhavi Marasinghe Romanick Family Mark & Gloria Sanford Jackie Spiros Swiftwater Rafting* Naomi & Jeff Welsh


Jerry Ryan in memory of Karen Ryan

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Endowment Fund A gift to the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras Endowment Fund makes a lasting difference by providing

sustainable, ongoing funding each year. Northern Valley Youth Orchestras' Endowment

Fund is housed at the Community Foundation; the Foundation manages the fund and its investments, and NVYO receives a 5% payout from the principal each year, providing vital operating funds.

Because NVYO is a qualified 501 c3 nonprofit, with an endowment gift of $5000 or more you can significantly lower the net cost of your contribution and triple its impact. Actual numbers will depend on your tax bracket and other factors; the Community Foundation can help you with details. Gifts of any amount are welcome and appreciated.

Make a donation at the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, and Region; 620 Demers Ave. Grand Forks, ND 58201; or call 701.746.0668 . Choose Northern Valley Youth Orchestras for the donation designation. OR donate online to the fund: http://gofoundation.org/give-to-a-fund/ Scroll down to “Northern Valley Youth Orchestras Endowment Fund” and complete your donation. All information about taxes and benefits and your IRS tax deduction statement will channel through the Community Foundation. Thank you!

Northern Valley Youth Orchestras

About us...

Northern Valley Youth Orchestras is in its ninth year of inspiring musicians and engaging communities. NVYO offers two orchestras, a chamber music program (Crescendo), and a summer day camp (Dal Segno). NVYO provides young musicians age 12 to 21 with symphonic and chamber music experience, community connections, and opportunities to stretch and challenge themselves in a supportive setting. Participants throughout the year number over 120 and come from cities and towns within a 75-mile range of Grand Forks. Alumni pursue degrees in a variety of professional fields including music and the sciences, and consistently earn places at excellent colleges and universities both locally and around the country. NVYO's two orchestras, Philharmonic and Symphony, rehearse weekly from September to March at Grand Forks Central High School and the Empire Arts Center, and perform two to three formal concerts per season. Guest clinicians and professional instrumentalists provide additional mentoring and orchestral training, and a variety of community performances are offered to students as well. Past

offering free or reduced rate rehearsal/performance spaces

NVYO collaborations have included events with Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome, the Fargo-Moorhead Area Youth Symphony, Concordia Orchestra, Jazz on Tap, and the Grand Cities Children’s Choir. NVYO has an office located in the Empire Arts Center, as well as a membership at the 701 Coworking Space, and is proud to be one of the many partners in the new


Grand Forks Welcoming Community Initiative. More information about NVYO is available at www.nvyo.org, and on our social media platforms.

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